Aeris, Final Fantasy VII. This is what VII had over VIII, in my opinion - it gave you a reason to hate every appearence of Sephiroth...( having said that, the plot device of "damsel in distress" is perhaps used just a bit too often in videogames, going all the way back to Donkey Kong; it would be nice to see a female character used in a different way ).
"The power of bakers, the power of artists; even the power of witches! It must be a power given by God... sometimes we suffer for it."- Ursula, Kikis Delivery Service.